Special Programs and Events

Special Programs and Events

Festival of Writing

The Earth's Eye Festival of Writing in and on the Natural World, held each year in the early fall, is a Saturday of workshops, panel discussions, readings and more led by Penn State Behrend faculty and other accomplished writers.

Creative Writers Reading Series

The Smith Reading Series, each semester brings a poet, a fiction writer, and a literary nonfiction writer of national stature to campus to read their new works and talk to the students about their work, literature, and the literary world. 

The Chautauqua Writers’ Festival

Due to Creative Writing Professor George Looney’s position as co-founder and co-director of The Chautauqua Writers’ Festival, the Creative Writing program sends to the festival each year a number of student scholars at a reduced cost paid by the program. At the festival, the students get to work with writers of national stature in workshops, attend panel sessions and readings by those writers, and enter into a community of writers more varied in terms of age and experiences than the community they have here with their peers. It is an invaluable opportunity for our young writers.